Page 2 The project begins
Page 3 Front end and doors
Page 4 Body framing
Page 5 Wheel tubs and more framing



All since the old Essex was sold, there has been an urge to build another Hot Rod.
Sedans being the favorite body style, a 1930 Buick Marquette 2 door sedan was chosen as
a foundation for the new project.

Of course a few other cars were inspected before anything get purchased.
This Graham-Paige was in surprisingly good shape, even the roof liner was intact...ish. Turned out it wasn't for sale after all
(September 2019)

Actually turned out it was this one that was for sale. Way too far gone, and the price didn't feel appealing either. Not that it mattered.
In hindsight it would at least have provided great ventilation.

There were all kinds of old body parts in this yard, but nothing that felt even mildly interesting as a basis for a hot rod build.

This rat rod project is an example of what was on offer. A cowl of unknown origin, home made DuVall windshiled, Mark I 1963-1966 Ford Cortina rear sheet metal, at least partly home built frame and some axles, no paperwork.

Fun looking thing, but as I have a cowl and a Ford Zephyr rear half already, this seemed like someting I already have. As the asking price without wheels was about the same as for the Buick it didn't seem very interesting at this point.

This green Buick was found some 250 miles from home. After massaging the price, it was winched up on the trailer.

After just a few miles it was time to fuel up the trusty old hearse, and get some lunch.

Looking along the green side of the new car, I was amazed it still had paint on that ninety-year-old sheet metal.

After several weeks and a ton of chores ticked off on the old To Do-List, the Buick was finally moved inside the shop.
(December 2019)

For the moment being there's not really a plan for this build, other than to get the body repaired. General Motors automobile bodies of this era were wood framed, and of course the wood is rotted. The sheet metal is in pretty good shape, but some kind of new skeleton for the body will have to be built.

Fendered with a lowered stance is about all the plan there is for now, more modern wheels with wider tires.

Parked in its space for the foreseeable future, the doors were removed, to gain access to the front pillars.
It sure feels great to have a new hot rod project in the shop, for the first time in over 11 years.

This is what the old wood looks like. I don't really like my car being made from wood at all, and when it's in this condition, I feel great about getting it all out, and substituting it for metal.

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